Autopsy confirms cause of death for pregnant woman, unborn child after Henry County shooting

Deaths ruled a homicide


An autopsy has confirmed the cause of death of a pregnant mother, who was shot in the face in Henry County Tuesday night.

Authorities say the cause of death for Krystal McReynolds was a gunshot wound, and her unborn child died due to maternal trauma. Their death has been ruled a homicide.

35-year-old Thomas Christopher McDowell has been charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a murder. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office are working together to determine if any additional charges or upgraded charges will be pursued. He’s being held in Henry County Jail without bond.


34-year-old Krystal Anne McReynolds, of Bassett, died Wednesday after being shot in the face on Tuesday night, according to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

McReynolds was four to five months pregnant at the time of her death, and her unborn child also died, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

35-year-old Thomas Christopher McDowell is now charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm during the commission of murder.

This incident remains under investigation and additional charges are anticipated, according to the Sheriff’s Office.


The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man accused of shooting a pregnant woman in the face Tuesday night.

Investigators told 10 News, the Martinsville-Henry County Emergency 911 Center received a call that an individual had been shot at 60 Fourth Street in Fieldale at around 9:45 p.m.

When deputies arrived, they found 34-year-old Krystal Anne McReynolds of Bassett with at least one gunshot wound to her face.

Medics transported McReynolds to SOVAH Health Martinsville and later, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

McReynolds, who was pregnant, is listed in critical condition and being treated for life-threatening injuries.

We’re told her unborn child passed away.

An autopsy will be conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia to determine the cause of death.

Deputies have charged 35-year-old Thomas Christopher McDowell of Fieldale with:

  • Aggravated malicious wounding
  • Use of a firearm during the commission of a felony
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Mcdowell is being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.

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